Monday, September 26, 2011

Guests Pack the 2011 Akron Film Festival Schedule

[Press Release from the Akron Film + Pixel Festival.]
 
An Oscar nominee, Filmmaker Magazine’s “New Face of Indie Film,” a rock star and video game
developers are part of the new 2011 Akron Film+Pixel Festival at the Akron Art Museum October 6-9
AKRON, OHIO — The 2011 Akron Film+Pixel Festival (formerly the Akron Film Festival) is back at the Akron Art Museum (1 South High St., Akron, OH) October 6-9, 2011 and with numerous special guests who will all be available for Q&As.


Film Guests

For the first time, Akron Film is bringing filmmakers, writers and actors to the festival to present their movies, meet attendees and answer questions following the films. For full film descriptions please see the full festival schedule.

• Guests can meet Patty Schemel, former drummer for the rock band Hole and subject of the
documentary HIT SO HARD, along with director P. David Ebersole and producer Todd Hughes, for the Ohio premiere (October 7 at 7:15 p.m.). The event is supported by a grant from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

• David Meiklejohn will be on hand to discuss his documentary, MY HEART IS AN IDIOT, about his travels with filmmaker, NPR contributor and Found Magazine creator Davy Rothbart (October 8 at 7:40 p.m.).

• Oscar nominee Marc Smolowitz, along with co-producer and Akron native Dan Roth will be
presenting their enlightening documentary THE POWER OF TWO (October 8 at 5:30 p.m.). This showing is sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center.

• Director, co-writer and co-star Alex Ross Perry and co-writer/co-star Carlen Altman (dubbed one of
Filmmaker Magazine’s 2011 New Faces of Independent Film) will present their hilariously droll adult
comedy, THE COLOR WHEEL (October 9 at 1 p.m.). Altman will be on hand for the entire festival.

• Producer John Baker spent several years at HBO Documentary Programming working on the Emmy winning series The Addiction Project and Spike Lee’s WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE, among other titles. Baker will be present for the showing of DRAGONSLAYER (October 6 at 7 p.m.), which he produced.

Pixel?

That’s right. There are many ways artists can tell their stories and video game design is one of them. Akron Film+Pixel has hosted several game development workshops since 2010, and at this year’s festival guests can play forward-thinking games, and in some cases, discuss them with the developers on the spot. Here are some of the games visitors can sample in the Akron Art Museum lobby:

The Diamond Trust of London - Developer: Jason Rohrer (Akron native, but not attending)
Diamond Trust of London is a strategy game that takes place in a diamond mining company in Angola, prior to the U.N. restrictions on the sale of blood diamonds. To maintain their hold on the country's diamond mines, players must bribe and cut illicit deals, while spying on their competitors.

Every Day The Same Dream - Developer: Paolo Pedercini (Will be attending—Dates and times pending) Every day the same dream is a short existential game about the alienation and refusal of labor that also functions as a sort of interactive music video.

Way -Developer: Chris Bell (Will offer a Q&A via Skype—Dates time pending)
Way is a collaborative, online game that focuses on two complete strangers from opposite ends of the Earth as they journey toward one another. Through user-created gestures and simple sounds, players must share information about how they each uniquely see the world.

Fest Details

The Akron Film+Pixel Festival is open to the public and will be held at the Akron Art Museum October 6-9, 2011. Platinum sponsors are the Akron Art Museum and the City of Akron. Additional support is provided by OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and the Gay Community Endowment Fund. Registration, which allows access to all films, parties and panels, is available for $21 until September 15, and $28 after that. Tickets for individual films are available for $8 each. The full list of films, panels, and parties, as well as ticket sales, will be available on September 3 at www.akronfilm.com. Full festival passes are on sale now.

For more information please contact festival co-director Rob Lucas at (330) 618-4405 or co-director Steve Felix at (330) 603-1520, or email info@akronfilm.com.

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